Hazardous Fumes Kill One Worker, Injure Three at Famous Chicago Chocolate Factory

A Chicago man died Sunday after being exposed to deadly fumes at Chicago’s famous Bloomers Chocolate Factory on 600 W. Kinzi. Officials from the Chicago Fire Department stated that Geraldo Castillo, 30, of the 1700 block of West Olive Avenue in the Edgewater neighborhood was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead shortly thereafter. A Fire Department spokesperson said that an unknown chemical substance somehow mixed into the chocolate and triggered the deadly chemical reaction. In addition to Castillo’s death, three other workers were injured after being exposed to the hazardous gas and taken to area hospitals. There is no word yet how the accident occurred or whether Castillo’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The factory may also be liable to the three injured workers for personal injury law suits or workers compensation claims.

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